MN Senate Aproves Bill To Protect Women’s Employment Security

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 at 4:37 pm

The Minnesota Senate passed a package of workplace protection bills on Wednesday that would require employers to accommodate pregnancies and foster entrepreneurial opportunities.

The bill passed Wednesday on a 51-14 vote, with all Senate Democrats voting in favor of the packaged bill. The passing sets up a likely negotiation between House members, according to the AP.

Democrats say the steps to protect women’s employment security has been long overdue. Republicans argue that it involves too much government interference.

Included in the bill is an act that requires companies with government contracts to pay men and women similarly, and would also ban a statute that bars employees from openly discussing their wages.

The focal point of the legislation is to provide longer leave time for new mothers.

Gov Mark Dayton says he supports the bill.

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